What is my role as a field guide?
Basically, I'm in charge of asking unreasonable people to do reasonable things for eight days at a time. This is hard. There are confrontations, blowups, crying, bickering, and laughter. My top priorities are safety and supervision. I'm constantly counting students to make sure all are present. Kids have to call their names while they pee and poop. There are knife protocols, fire protocols, constant communication with the guide team, and safety watches. We push students to do their work, and celebrate their efforts with ceremony. The guide team is there to make sure the students are safe, warm enough to avoid frostbite, full enough to maintain weight, hydrated enough to keep normal body functioning. It's demanding, and exhausting, and exhilarating.